How does Photoshop Bridge work?

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    I have Bridge because it came with my copy of CS6 and I've seen it used in some Youtube videos as a way to open files into PS CS6. But, from a 50,000 foot perspective, what is its purpose?

    It appears to include the same ACR software that is found in LR4. So, are you supposed to make edits to your image in Bridge first using the ACR software and then open in PS?

    I'm trying to understand the BIG PICTURE perspective of Bridge.

    Thanks.
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    Bridge is exactly what the name implies, a bridge. It allows you to browse through your files and decide what to work with and in what program. You can open your file in any of the Adobe programs from bridge. In this way it is similar to the library module in lr.
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    Here's a quick video about bridge. I used to use bridge and ACR before moving to Lr.....

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    I hate bridge. huge resource hog and doesn't really add that much functionality IMO.
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    So...you never....(wait for it.....).......Bridged the gap with the software? :mrgreen:

    I find myself not using it much.
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    Bridge is designed for an imaginary user who only uses adobe products.
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    It seems few photographers know how to use Bridge effectively. Bridge is designed to work with most of Adobes Creative Suite applications.

    I should write a Web page to tell the other side of the story - 100 ways Bridge and Camera Raw Kicks Lightroom's A$@
    Both Bridge and CS 6 can host Camera Raw.
    In fact both can host Camera Raw at the same time. That's like having 2 Lightroom Develop modules open at the same time.

    Bridge can be used to run CS 6 batch processes. Camera Raw can batch process images too.
    Check out the available options on the Bridge Applications bar - File, Edit, View, Stakes, Label, Tools, Windows, Help

    Bridge can work with many more file types than Lightroom can.

    But just like Photoshop, with Bridge open press the F1 key on your keyboard and then click on the Bridge icon to go to - Bridge Help | Help and tutorials

    You can even download the Bridge User's manual - http://helpx.adobe.com/pdf/bridge_reference.pdf

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    Yeah, you really should! That would be awesome!

    Otherwise, you'll probably still be the only one who believes it every time you imply it. Maybe you could even start your own cult! (according to Apple and Pocket Wizard, there's money in that)
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    Keith, I am probably the best use case for bridge as I use damn near every CS product on a daily basis. My issue is while it is in theory a time saver it's not as much of a time saver that I want to have bridge up and running. While bridge is up it takes up a lot of the computers resources and makes programs like premiere and photoshop run slower.

    Maybe it's because I haven't used it enough but thus far I haven't seen the need to use anything beyond basic windows for file management.
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    I just use Bridge to make contact sheets lol.
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    Just like any other software application, some time and effort have to be devoted to learning how to use it to advantage.

    Bridge can do a lot more helpful to photographers file management tasks than Window's file management can.

    It might be worth your while to look over the Bridge users manual section that covers file management, and batch processing - http://helpx.adobe.com/pdf/bridge_reference.pdf

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